Robert of Chichester

Robert of Chichester
Bishop of Exeter
Appointed before June 1155
Term ended before April 1161
Predecessor Robert Warelwast
Successor Bartholomew Iscanus
Other posts Dean of Salisbury
Personal details
Died before April 1161
Denomination Catholic

Robert of Chichester (died before April 1161) was a medieval Bishop of Exeter.

Robert is often confused with his predecessor, Robert Warelwast. His surname comes from a single source, one of his successors. He was a relative of David fitzGerald, bishop of St David's, but the exact relationship is unknown. He held a prebend at Islington in the diocese of London, and was dean of Salisbury from 1148.[1] He was consecrated on 5 June 1155[2] or perhaps on 3 June.[1]

John of Salisbury felt that Robert gained the bishopric by simony, and his rule seems to have been unpopular. He brought in a number of clergy from the diocese of Salisbury, and acted as a patron to his successor Bartholomew Iscanus as well as Baldwin of Exeter, who was later to become Archbishop of Canterbury.

Robert died on 10 March 1160 according to the Handbook of British Chronology,[2] but other sources just say he died before 18 April 1161. His burial site is unknown.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Barlow "Chichester, Robert of" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 246


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Warelwast
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Bartholomew Iscanus
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